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Stray Sheep Allusion in Fahrenheit 451

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Transcript of Stray Sheep Allusion in Fahrenheit 451

"The sheep returns to the fold. We're all sheep who have strayed at times." (Bradbury 102)
Origin
In Fahrenheit 451
Fahrenheit 451 Explanation
Original Explanation
This quote is ironic, however, because Beatty knows that Montag has not changed his way and "returned to the flock" because he is still in possession of books. In fact, at the very moment when he says this quote Captain Beatty already knew that the next house they were going to burn down was going to be Montag's.
Stray Sheep Allusion in Fahrenheit 451
In this quote, Bradbury alludes to the biblical passage found at Isaiah 53:6 which reads:

"We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
each of us has turned to our own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
the iniquity of us all." (NIV)
This particular passage of the bible refers to the fact that as imperfect humans, we all do wrong things sometimes and go astray from the path of righteousness. However, we have a chance to "clean the slate" so to speak through Jesus' ransom for our sins. (biblehub)
"Well, the crisis is past, and the sheep returns to the fold. We're all sheep who have strayed at times." ~ Captain Beatty


While at the fire house, all the firemen and seated at the table playing cards. Montag keeps his hands hidden and gets up to wash them twice throughout the game because of his guilt. Then, Captain Beatty states the quote above to show that Montag had betrayed his position and role in society as a fireman, thus being a strayed sheep, but now that he was back at the fore station, the stray sheep had returned to the flock, so to speak. (HausauerIntroLit)
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